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I'm thinking that a steamer will take out wrinkles, but won't give clothing that "crisp" look that you get with pressing with an iron. Is this true or false?

As it is I have a good # of work clothing items for myself that I have to iron on the weekends. Now that Pete is working in a "real" office where he can't wear jeans he'll have dress pants and button down dress shirts to add to the lot every weekend. The cost of dry cleaning all of that really isn't a good option right now. So....thinking of a steamer but thinking that it won't do a good enough job....
 

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I'd use a steamer on things which are already ironed but got wrinkled in the closet or in transit. I'd never use one on dress shirts or pants as a first option.
 

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I don't really care for clothes steamers as I don't think they do as good a job as an iron. Steamers work okay on clothes that aren't very wrinkled, that's about it.
 

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I agree that an iron is the only thing that gives clothes that crisp look. The steamers are great for very minor wrinkles I think, but unless you got one that costs hundreds and hundreds of dollars, I doubt it would do a very good job...also, omg it would take forever to do just one shirt. You would probably be able to iron everything much faster.
 

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I have a Rowenta steam iron! had it for years and I love it! It had a 'steam-blast' feature that I've used to 'freshed clothes a bit creased from closet... used it to 'raise' nap on high-textured fabrics that got 'flattened for one reason or another. When we did our LR over and had to take down the drapes, I used that opportunit to 'freshen them outside and then layed them out as flatly as I could. However thery still god 'wrinkles. I hung them and brought my steam iron to them and 'blasted' the wrinkled areas with the steam iron and they all came out beautifully!
To me this type iron gives the best of both worlds!

This iron works wonderfully also on perm press items that got left in dryer too long and got 'wrinkled. The steam in the iron takes those right out!
I love this iron! LOL ... can you tell??? LOL
 

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I paid over $100 for a steamer and don't like it at all. It is definitely not as good as an iron. I get better results "spritzing" the wrinkles with water and letting them hang dry.
 

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I think a steamer is great on light wt. dress fabrics.. whose name is escaping me.
but on cotton.. the regular old iron is the best.
 

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I have used Rowenta irons for years, but now I have a Reliable steam iron. It does both, iron and steamer. I like it better than the Rowenta because I get more steam from it. I don't remember what I paid for but it was not cheap. I still spritz the clothes with water sometimes and use also starch sometimes.
 

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iron...

..now this looks like a really great steam iron...do you remember where you bought it...my Rowenta is on the way out...and will need to be replaced soon...thanks....
 

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..now this looks like a really great steam iron...do you remember where you bought it...my Rowenta is on the way out...and will need to be replaced soon...thanks....
ok, thanks all. You all confirmed what I originally thought.

I have the Rowenta steam iron too!

I think only an iron can get those collars nice and crisp and flat.

Also have to add that I don't have a laundry room so whenever I iron I have to take out the board and iron and then put it away. The device in the above pic looks really cool--but I'd only have one of those if I had a place that I could keep it out all the time.

My clothes dryer is new and has lots of really nice "de-wrinkle" features on it and the clothes really do come out wrinkle free--but again, need the iron for that crisp look.

So we'll pass on the steamer! Thanks all!!
 

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I have a new Rowenta iron with 400 steam holes and I love this iron. Like Terry said, it also has a vertical steam. I am going to buy a second one for my guest room.
 

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..now this looks like a really great steam iron...do you remember where you bought it...my Rowenta is on the way out...and will need to be replaced soon...thanks....
I bought it online at VCDiscounter.com 3 years ago. The description is : RELIABLE J450A Steam Generator Iron System w/CSS. I paid 199$ at the time shipping included. I have a guest bedroom that is rarely used and I do my ironing there. I can leave the board and the iron out all the time. We had a sofa bed first and recently had a complete wall unit with a murphy bed installed, so that gives me plenty of room. What is great with this iron is that you can add water to the tank when in use.
 

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Iron...

thank you for the info....am going to look into it when mine dies...probably next week...the way it is "hissing"...lol...
 
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